Competition

If you are not competitive minded, then read no further - this page isn't for you. But if you are looking for a new challenge in a healthy country atmosphere with a bit of exercise thrown in and would like to meet friendly like-minded people, then read on. (Also read the Rules page for specific details on competition rules and regulations.) 
 
Electric Assisted Sailplanes (EAS) - a new concept in competitive slope gliding
One of the most frustrating things with this sport is the high number of cancellations due to the fact that this sport is reliant on wind to keep the gliders aloft. Between 1990 and 2010 about half of the slope events scheduled in Victoria were cancelled due to the weather conditions.
 
Having control over the weather is something we can't do but having control over our equipment to combat inclement conditions is something we can control to some degree.  Past organisers have been resistant to change but MGA is making change.
 
MGA has made provision for the use of electric assisted sailplanes (EAS) in slope gliding contests. This does not mean that all events will be turned into full on electric gliding.  There will be restrictions. By embracing EAS and using the latest technology, the high number of cancellations will be minimised. Each participant is required to bring along both a pure slope glider and electric glider or alternatively a hybrid glider. If the weather conditions require the use of EAS, certain restrictions on the length of time the motor can run during the contest will be put in place. This will depend on the prevailing conditions and also on the type of contest being run.
 
EAS will also provide a much safer flying environment. The majority of aircraft crashes that occur while flying at slope venues are caused by a sudden drop in lift that forces the model to rapidly loose height. EAS will go a long way to minimising this problem. If the weather conditions are fickle at the time, it will be nice to know that you'll have an electric motor on board as a back-up to cope with emergency situations.
 
One Class Model for contests- 4 options of glider
Unique to MGA will be a new one-class model category with models supplied and fully equipped, ready for use. We plan for 4 electrified gliders - one with training facilities, better known as a buddy system, for novices just getting into the sport.
 
OPTION 1: The model chosen is based on the Canterbury Sailplanes 'Standard Eraser'. Made from Expanded Polypropylene (EPP) and covered with high strength fibre tape, these models have proven to be very popular and very forgiving when it comes to crashing. Its size, cost, durability and reliability makes it an ideal slope glider for MGA's one class model.  Each model will be installed with the latest technology in radio and electrics gear and will be distinguished with it's own colour scheme.
 
OPTION 2: If you prefer, you can purchase your own Eraser, providing you stay within the design guidelines set out by MGA.
 
OPTION 3: To encourage creative thinking and model building, you can design and build your own model if you wish, providing you stay within the design guidelines specified by MGA.
 
OPTION 4: MGA encourages other manufacturers to come on board and provide a competitive option to the Eraser. Perhaps a manufacturer out there in this big wide world of ours would like to sponsor a pilot. MGA would allow 'free' advertising on the glider and on MGA's website and would also publicise your company on our sponsor's page.
 
Fair play for every participant
Having a one-class model will mean that every participant starts each contest on an equal footing, as far as their equipment goes. It will be pilot skill alone that will determine the desired outcome and not a combination of both skill and a specialised model.
 
Aerobatics
 
There will be two classes at this stage. More may be introduced in the future.
   
CLASS 1
The pilot: For the beginner, the novice or a participant who does not want the angst of flying and/or damaging an expensive model.
The model: All foam (preferably EPP). Conventional setup (ailerons and elevator only. Maximum wingspan 60" (1524mm). Covering - tape only. Can have timber, metal or composite wing rod strengtheners. Model to be based on the Canterbury Sailplanes 'Standard Eraser'. (See options above.)
 
CLASS 2:
The person: For the more experienced pilot who strives for perfection in his or her sport.
The model: Open to any type of model, though some restrictions may apply.
 
Interstate Competition 
MGA would like to hold an aerobatics championship some states. MGA has established a comprehensive set of rules and guides so that each state can run their own slope events using common rules known to all fliers around the country. This means that whichever state holds its annual championship, visiting pilots from other states can also participate.  By providing a common set of rules and accompanying guides and templates online, fliers situated anywhere around Australia can study these rules, know what to do, know how they will be judged and practice and prepare thoroughly in their respective state.
 
Would you like to run or particpate in one of these? Why not contact MGA to discuss the options? Phone Ian on 0427 553 755 or email mountainglidingaustralia@dodo.com.au
 
Mountain Gliding Australia Aerobatics Championship Series - Discipline & Freestyle
Victorian Mountain Aerobatics Championship
New South Wales Mountain Aerobatics Championship
Tasmania Mountain Aerobatics Championship
Queensland Mountain Aerobatics Championship
South Australian Mountain Aerobatics Championship
Western Australian Mountain Aerobatics Championship
 
Have Judge Will Travel
MGA can provide an experienced judge who will come and run the event for you. All necessary equipment to organise the event is provided. All you have to do is accommodate and feed the judge.
 
Run your own event
Alternatively, MGA will qualify you or your group via video conferencing and online video tutorials to run an event in your neck of the woods. Why not book in for a course?
mountainglidingaustralia@dodo.com.au
 
Cross Country
 
This is more of an endurance event. The object is for pilots to negotiate their gliders around a designated course signified by landing/take-off stations. At each station, pilots will be required to land their glider, answer a trivia question readable on landing, place the answer into a prepared compartment in the model, then re-launch and go to the next station and do likewise until the course has been completed.